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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver is an adult learning membership program designed for men and women age 50 and "better" who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere.
Thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at the University of Denver joins a network of more than 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States that are meeting the needs of older learners who want to learn simply for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment. Community education at an adult learning center helps imaginations thrive and OLLI at DU is an essential community education program.
Who are OLLI members?
OLLI members are actively involved in selecting the topics to be explored, and share their expertise and interests while serving as teachers and learners. Our members, from diverse backgrounds and professions, share the desire to stay intellectually active and engaged. There are no tests, no grades, no prerequisites, limited out-of-class assignments, and all class participation is voluntary. No one is a stranger for long at OLLI. Because everyone who joins has the same desire to learn in the company of peers, friendships are made easily. Be it in class, during coffee break, or at any of the annual social events, people gather together to enjoy casual conversation, share opinions, or just make plans for lunch.
What does OLLI offer?
Classes cover academic subjects in history, music, political science, writing, literature, philosophy, science, religion, global issues, and more. Workshops and seminars expand the OLLI academic curriculum for adults. Learning centers around Denver offer workshops where members participate in interactive study groups. Topics lend themselves to practical application and keeping the brain active, such as learning a foreign language. Seminars will cover topics relevant to our member's interest and concerns.
When are classes held?
Lifelong learning through OLLI meets for three eight-week terms during the year, from mid-September to mid-May. The fall session begins in mid-September, the winter term begins in mid-January, and the spring term at the end of March. Each class meets weekly for two hours either in the morning or afternoon for four, six, or eight week periods. Special events may take place during or between terms, as well as during the summer break.
Who teaches the classes?
Most discussion classes are facilitated by OLLI members who have the professional knowledge of, or a scholarly interest in, a subject. Some are lecture classes taught by retired faculty members, community and civic leaders, and independent scholars. Others may take place at a museum, artist's studio, or a theater where the resident professional teaches the class.
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